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Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, who is originally from South Africa and has been in the country covering the reaction to Nelson Mandela’s death, shared his thoughts on the man and his legacy on National Geographic’s 'Proof' blog:

The real tragedy is that he was not released as a younger man. Who knows what a man like Mandela could have done with those extra years? The specter of the Cold War loomed large in the state of geo-politics at the time: The wars in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique; the war of independence in Zimbabwe; behind it all, the ghost of capitalism versus communism. How petty it all seems now, when you see what one man could achieve when he tapped into what exists in all of us, that element of being commonly human.

(Photos by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

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'Don't sleep. Don't think about anything else. Forget about your girlfriend, forget about your boyfriend. Forget about anything in your life other than that story for that time.' - Brent Stirton on the obsession required while shooting for National Geographic Magazine.

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Today is Human Rights Day

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1950, sought to establish the ‘inalienable rights of all members of the human family.’ It bestowed on all people the rights of security, education, and self-government, among others. The reality of human rights protection has, of course, been far trickier. While organizations worldwide struggle to uphold the ideals of the Declaration, evolving political and environmental situations constantly present new challenges. 

Images (top to bottom): KURIGRAM, BANGLADESH: Villagers hack away the embankment left by the most recent flooding in the area where their village used to be. They are doing this on the orders of the local landowner who is using the earth for construction in another area. These men are effectively further removing the only barrier between them and further flooding but they desperately need the small amount they are paid so do the work anyway. Flooding, Poverty and lack of protected land ownership amongst the poor is driving a serious food crisis in Bangladesh. Extreme poverty and rising food prices couple with an oversupply of cheap labor has meant that many people can only afford to eat once a day. (photo by Brent Stirton, from Global Water Issues)

QAMSHILI, SYRIA: Faycal, 77 years old, presents his military service record book of 1951. Neither he nor any member of his family have Syrian nationality. They are part of more than 300,000 stateless Syrian Kurds. Most of them lost their Syrian nationality in the census of 1962 and have no national rights. (photo by Julien Goldstein, from Kurdistan: Anger of a People Without Rights)

SAN VICENTE, MISIONES, ARGENTINA: Fabian Rodgriguez suffers from hydrocephalus. His mother, Candida Rodriguez, works in the tobacco industry, as does her husband. They use agrochemical products for the cultivation of their fields, following the guidelines set out by the cooperatives of large local producers, who require the use of such agrochemicals as a condition to the purchase of their crop. Fumigations in the agricultural fields of Argentina are being denounced as the cause of the increasing number of children born with malformations. (photo by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, from Stories of a Wounded Land)

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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 6: A boy near a gathering of ANC supporters who paid tribute to Nelson Mandela outside of his one-time house in Vilakazi Street December 6, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Tata Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after being jailed for decades for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)
See more from Getty Images photographers on the reaction to Nelson Mandela’s death.

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SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA - DECEMBER 6: A boy near a gathering of ANC supporters who paid tribute to Nelson Mandela outside of his one-time house in Vilakazi Street December 6, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Tata Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Mandela became South Africa’s first black president after being jailed for decades for his activism against apartheid in a racially-divided South Africa. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

See more from Getty Images photographers on the reaction to Nelson Mandela’s death.

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Attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have become a common feature of violent conflict throughout the world. From Syria to Somalia, there is a dangerous lack of respect for the neutrality of these institutions and personnel: hospitals are shelled; ambulances are fired upon; the wounded languish for hours in checkpoint queues. To raise awareness of this crucial yet overlooked humanitarian crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross has teamed with Reportage by Getty Images to create their “Health Care in Danger” campaign, which urges people to respect healthcare and healthcare workers in wars.

To imbue the campaign with a sense of reality equal to the tragedy, the ICRC enlisted Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart, who drew on his experience of working in conflict zones. In the video below, Tom, along with staff from the ICRC and Getty Images, explains how he created these images to reflect real-world scenarios.

Getty Images BTS ICRC shoot from Chris Scott on Vimeo.

The ads will appear on bus shelters and in metro stations across seven European cities throughout December: Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Madrid, Warsaw, Brussels and Paris.

You can learn more about the ICRC’s “Health Care in Danger” campaign on the organization’s Web site. See more work by Tom Stoddart and other Reportage photographers here.

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Kickstarter Deadline for “Afghanistan: Between Life and War”
Photographer Paula Bronstein has just a few days left to meet her goal for “Afghanistan: Between Life and War,” a book that compiles the photographs she made from 12 years of working in the country, and one she hopes will give back to people and country that played such a formative role in her life. Read more about the project on her Kickstarter page and help her meet her funding goal by Dec 7.
Paula, who is represented by Reportage by Getty Images, is an award-winning and internationally published photojournalist with over 30 years in the business. Originally from Boston, Bronstein worked for newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Thailand in 1998 to cover the Asian region including Afghanistan and Pakistan. She spent more than a decade as a Getty Images staff photographer, documenting disasters, conflict, and political unrest around the world. View some of her past work on the Reportage Web site.
Caption: An internally displaced elderly man holds his granddaughter in their tent, at a refugee camp after they were forced to flee their village, bombed by US and NATO forces, who claimed it was a Taliban hideout. February 7, 2009. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images)

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Kickstarter Deadline for “Afghanistan: Between Life and War”

Photographer Paula Bronstein has just a few days left to meet her goal for “Afghanistan: Between Life and War,” a book that compiles the photographs she made from 12 years of working in the country, and one she hopes will give back to people and country that played such a formative role in her life. Read more about the project on her Kickstarter page and help her meet her funding goal by Dec 7.

Paula, who is represented by Reportage by Getty Images, is an award-winning and internationally published photojournalist with over 30 years in the business. Originally from Boston, Bronstein worked for newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Thailand in 1998 to cover the Asian region including Afghanistan and Pakistan. She spent more than a decade as a Getty Images staff photographer, documenting disasters, conflict, and political unrest around the world. View some of her past work on the Reportage Web site.

Caption: An internally displaced elderly man holds his granddaughter in their tent, at a refugee camp after they were forced to flee their village, bombed by US and NATO forces, who claimed it was a Taliban hideout. February 7, 2009. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Reportage by Getty Images)

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YANGON, MYANMAR – Pho Kyaw tends to his wife Khin Soe Win, April 9, 2012 in an HIV shelter. Pho Kyaw is infected himself and used to be a patient of the shelter a year earlier. The couple married just one month earlier. Myanmar (Burma) is battling one of Asia’s worst HIV epidemics and one of the world’s most neglected. The UN estimates that over the last few years between 15,000 – 20,000 people living with HIV die annually in Myanmar, because of lack of access to urgent lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART). (Photo by Christian Holst/Reportage by Getty Images) 
World AIDS Day is December 1
From Myanmar’s AIDS Epidemic, by Christian Holst

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YANGON, MYANMAR – Pho Kyaw tends to his wife Khin Soe Win, April 9, 2012 in an HIV shelter. Pho Kyaw is infected himself and used to be a patient of the shelter a year earlier. The couple married just one month earlier. Myanmar (Burma) is battling one of Asia’s worst HIV epidemics and one of the world’s most neglected. The UN estimates that over the last few years between 15,000 – 20,000 people living with HIV die annually in Myanmar, because of lack of access to urgent lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy (ART). (Photo by Christian Holst/Reportage by Getty Images)

World AIDS Day is December 1

From Myanmar’s AIDS Epidemic, by Christian Holst

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HALFETI, TURKEY: Children play in a flooded mosque in the city of Halfeti, on the Euphrates river. The city was partially submerged by the Birecik Dam in 1999 and the majority of its inhabitants were relocated in a new city next to Halfeti. The Birecik Dam is part of the 22 dams of the GAP project (Guneydoglu Anadolu Projesi), a regional development plan launched at the beginning of the 80s by the Turkish government that aims to enhance social stability and economic growth in the Southeastern Anatolia, the poorest region in Turkey. (Photo by Tommaso Protti) 
Protti, along with Ciril Jazbec, was recently awarded a young talent prize from National Geographic. See more of his work on Reportage Emerging Talent.

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HALFETI, TURKEY: Children play in a flooded mosque in the city of Halfeti, on the Euphrates river. The city was partially submerged by the Birecik Dam in 1999 and the majority of its inhabitants were relocated in a new city next to Halfeti. The Birecik Dam is part of the 22 dams of the GAP project (Guneydoglu Anadolu Projesi), a regional development plan launched at the beginning of the 80s by the Turkish government that aims to enhance social stability and economic growth in the Southeastern Anatolia, the poorest region in Turkey. (Photo by Tommaso Protti)

Protti, along with Ciril Jazbec, was recently awarded a young talent prize from National Geographic. See more of his work on Reportage Emerging Talent.

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“It was important for me, in light of what has been going on in America with all of the mass shootings and ongoing gun debate, as a foreigner, to understand their love and why this was so important to them and why guns are so important to so many people in this country”

Photographer Charles Ommanney criss crossed the country, meeting gun owners and learning why they choose to bear arms. See more from American Gun Stories on Reportage, and now online at msnbc.

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We’re pleased to announce the addition of Farzana Hossen, a documentary photographer who won this year’s Ian Parry award, to the Emerging Talent roster of Reportage by Getty Images. Farzana is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and studies photography at Pathshala-South Asian Media Academy.

Besides winning the Ian Parry Scholarship, she has also received awards from various international organizations including WHO, Venice International Photo Contest, UNESCO “Gender Equality In Education” and Garuda Indonesia International photo award. Her work has been exhibited at many national and international exhibitions, notably Chobimela 2011(Self-discovery), UK-Guardian Gallery 2012, (Insider, Outsider - A majority world exhibition) Mother Gallery, London 2013.

Please visit the Reportage Web site to view more of her work.

(Photos by Farzana Hossen/Reportage by Getty Images)